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Installing SendtoX

First you must download two files: SendtoX.dll and SendtoX.inf. Among many other places on the Web, you can download these from www.ise.ufl.edu/kisko/files/freeware/Powertoy%20-%20Win95%20tools%20from%20Microsoft. Copy them into a folder on your PC prior to starting installation.

Installing this PowerToy couldn't be easier: Select both files in My Computer or Windows Explorer, then right-click on SendtoX.inf, and select Install on the pop-up shortcut menu. This handles all the hard work for you. You'll see a file progress menu pop up, then an Installer window will flash very briefly and be gone almost before you see it. Windows Setup then reports that it's installing the Send To Extensions, and last, the contents of the Readme.txt file for these extensions appears in an "Introducing Send To Extensions" Window. You might want to read these over, or not, as you choose. Click the close button to close the open windows on your desktop.

In My Computer or Windows Explorer, right click on any file name, then select Send To from the shortcut menu. You'll see something similar to what's shown here in Figure 1.

Figure 5Figure 1 The extended Send To menu entries.

There are a lot of entries here, including things you don't really need. Thus, your next step should be to open the Add or Remove Programs applet in Control Panel, then select Send To Extensions in the Change or Remove Programs pane, and click the Change/Remove button. This opens a Send To Extensions window where you can uncheck extensions you don't want or need. I recommend unchecking the following entries:

  • Send To Clipboard as Name. This drops the name of the selected object(s) into the clipboard so you can paste them elsewhere; I've never found this terribly helpful.

  • Send To Clipboard as Contents. This drops the contents of the selected object(s) into the clipboard; never really needed this, either.

  • Send To Mail Recipient MAPI. A hangover of earlier e-mail approaches; uncheck it!

  • Send To Mail Recipient CMC. A hangover of earlier e-mail approaches; uncheck it!

  • Send To Internet Mail Recipient. As easy as it is to add attachments to e-mail messages nowadays, you probably don't need this either. Besides, the default menu already has a Mail Recipient entry anyway.

  • Send To Command Line. If you're a devoted command line user, this should probably stay; if not, uncheck it.

If you uncheck all those items, the only one left is the Send To Any Folder extension. This one, you WILL use. Once you've unchecked what you want to remove from the Send To menu, click OK. This will substantially reduce the size of the Send To shortcut menu. Click Close to close the Add or Remove Programs applet, then click the Close button to close Control Panel.

Now, when you click the Send To button in the shortcut menu, Any Folder shows up at the top of the list. If you see other entries in that list you never use or don't want, cut and paste this path specification into the Address field in My Computer or Windows Explorer (if that doesn't work try it at the Command Prompt):

%systemdrive%\Documents and Settings\%username%.%userdomain%\SendTo

If this doesn't work for whatever reason, even at the command line, you're going to have to poke around inside your Windows XP machine and resolve it for "local conditions." Thus, if you're not part of a domain, you'll find the ".%userdomain" part of the preceding string unnecessary. On my Windows XP machine, this string expands as follows: D:\Documents and Settings\Ed.LANW-LAN\SendTo. On yours it will expand into something different. If all else fails, use the Search command in My Computer to look for "SendTo" — it'll find what you need.

Once you're in the directory on your Windows XP machine (this works for Windows 2000 as well) where your Send To entries appear, you can delete unused or unwanted entries to trim the Send To submenu even further.

That's it! Now you're ready to use this handy extension any time you copy or move files inside My Computer or Windows Explorer. Enjoy!

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